Fife mental health group offers online support and friendship to women

Women’s Wellbeing Club (WWC) provides a safe community space for females in the Kingdom who are struggling with mental health issues.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 12:30 pm

The club, which usually operates out of Collydean Community Centre, has moved online due to the pandemic.

It was founded in April 2019 by Adam Fletcher and Chris Martin from Andy’s Man Club after realising that there needed to be a safe and anonymous community group for women.

The club offers support and friendship to any woman, whether they needed a safe place to chat, or just the support of being with like-minded people in the local area.

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Shel Lund.

Shel Lund, WWC Glenrothes facilitator, said: “We offer peer support through any crisis. The club helps people through shared experiences, so by talking and answering the questions members have it allows people to get things off their chest.

“We also signpost people to other organisations as we have a duty of care to fulfill. If we think someone's in danger or vulnerable we will signpost them or, in exceptional circumstances, call for help.

“We don't try to fix people or offer solutions - we are mental health first aid trained to recognise signs and support the ladies where required.”

Shel hopes that any women who are in the area who need support will reach out.

“We are happy for any lady to attend our meetings and to also join our closed Facebook group as this is where most reach out for support.

“I personally joined to receive support as there was nothing really on offer in the area that provides the same service.

“I'm battling depression along with many other physical health problems, whilst also trying to support my husband who is also going through his own mental health issues."

She adds that mental health issues can lead to social isolation and that the club offers members a way to connect with others.

“Any health issues, or difficult experiences, be it mentally or physically can cause isolation -“I have been able to support other women, connect with others and make new friends which has been really valuable, especially with the current pandemic.”

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